Cowboy heroes. They come in all different shapes and sizes, but they all share many of the same core fundamentals: dignity, honor, loyalty, steadiness. They ride horses, they herd cattle, they wear big hats and boots with spurs, they respect the land and its people. And boy, do we love to watch them. :-)
Here are some of my own favorite cowboy heroes from the silver screen:
~ Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) in The Man From Snowy River
Jim Craig is an adorable baby-faced darling. He's got a very youthful side to him, yet he knows how to be a man; as Clancy says in the movie, "He's not a lad. He's a man. The man from Snowy River." (at which point I may or may not always squeal like a silly teenaged girl, *ahem*) Jim Craig possesses the quality that I think most draws me to a character: he'll do what's right because he knows it's right. And because that's the Cowboy Way. :-)
~ Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) in Hidalgo
Oh, my. Frank Hopkins, as I have mentioned before, is charged with starting my obsession with cowboys in the first place. If you take a look at him, you'll probably understand. :-) Frank's tough and doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, but his true self is caring and honorable. Plus it's so much fun just to listen to him talk. "Sounds an awful lot like South Dakota."
~ Matthew Cooper (Chad Allen) in Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman
Hey, Matthew is totally a cowboy! He herds cattle, doesn't he? ;-) Matthew's one of those characters you just really feel for. I feel somewhat responsible for him, I desperately want him to be happy, and I feel like I need to take care of him and make sure he doesn't do anything really stupid (because he will, he's done it so many times before.) But you know what? While Matthew does a lot of impulsive, stupid things, he always learns from his mistakes and experiences and it only makes him stronger. And you've gotta love that awkward smile he has, where his mouth slants halfway up his face.
~ Tom Harte (Thomas Haden Church) in Broken Trail
AAAHHHH. Ahem. Calm down, Emma. This fellow is one who tends to bring out the Extreme Fangirl side of me. (Which is partly thanks to a certain lady who shares my love of this extraordinary movie.) Tom Harte is one tough guy. As I said in my review of Broken Trail, it took me a long time to warm up to Tom, but when you see through his rough exterior you find that he's really got a heart of gold. Tom Harte is my idea of the Ultimate Cowboy -- he's respectful, responsible, and above all, he's steadfast.
~ Dish Boggett (D.B. Sweeney) in Lonesome Dove
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Dish. :-) Dish is a rather pitiful character; he's hopelessly in love with Lorena, who doesn't even care that he exists. In many ways, he's just a lovesick kid. There's something very endearing about his awkward, sometimes pathetic but well-meaning personality. He really loves Lorie, and that's what melts my heart. All I want for Dish is for Lorie to love him the way he loves her. (I just pretend Streets of Laredo didn't happen. Which is easy to do, since I've neither read nor watched it.)
Just loooook..... *happy sigh*
So, how about you? Who are your favorite Cowboy Heroes from film and TV? Because I had a brilliant idea...
Wouldn't it be fun to have a Cowboy Hero tournament? Where we could all nominate our favorite cowboys and then vote on the winner at the end of the week? I think it would. So if you want to join, here's how this is going to go:
- basically all you have to do is comment here, 'nominating' your favorite (or one of your favorite) cowboy heroes from a Western movie, TV show, ect. Once everyone has nominated their cowboy darlings, I'll put up a poll on the sidebar of the blog, and on Saturday we'll see who has received the most votes and will be proclaimed the Winner.
Now, does that make sense to everybody? Good. :-) I'm excited to see who y'all nominate!
|Because the Earp brothers are awesome|
(And you don't have to worry about nominating the same cowboy as someone else -- it'll just mean more points for said cowboy. Gee, you think I've said cowboy enough times yet?)